1961: Burt Lancaster Wins Best Actor Academy Award

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Forty-seven year-old actor Burt Lancaster wins the Best Actor Oscar for his title role as the paradoxical con man preacher in Elmer Gantry.  Lancaster also co-produced the movie with director Richard Brooks, as an independent company. Of the part, he says, his performance “wasn’t really acting…I was, in essence, playing myself.”

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Lancaster’s natal Sun in Scorpio, while transiting Saturn in Capricorn is square the transiting Sun in Aries, and natal Neptune in Cancer, signifying blurred lines between an actor’s on-and-off screen personality. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Mars in Cancer, reflecting the Academy’s current preference for the strong male type.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Burt Lancaster astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for his Oscar victory

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Sun in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn in Capricorn (outer wheel, bottom center) square transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, right center) and natal Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Mars (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Mars in Cancer (inner wheel, top center)

1985: Billy Joel Marries Christie Brinkley

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Thirty-five year-old singer/songwriter Billy Joel marries supermodel Christie Brinkley, 31, before 175 guests on a 147-foot yacht sailing around New York Harbor on a cold, drizzly day. It is the second marriage for both celebrities. The couple will conceive their only child, daughter Alexa Rae, later tonight.

Transiting Saturn in Scorpio is opposite Joel’s natal Venus in Taurus, square natal Saturn in Leo, indicating a solemn union with an attractive partner. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Mars in Taurus, opposite transiting Pluto in Scorpio, square transiting Jupiter in Aquarius, signifying potency, and the creation of new life.

Mars conjunct Mars

Billy Joel astrology bi-wheel chart for wedding to Christie Brinkley.

Transiting Saturn in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite natal Venus in Taurus (inner wheel, top left), square natal Saturn in Leo (outer wheel, bottom left). Transiting Mars (outer wheel, top left) conjunct natal Mars in Taurus (inner wheel, top left), opposite transiting Pluto in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom right), square transiting Jupiter in Aquarius (outer wheel, top right)

1997: Bill Clinton “Blue Dress” Encounter with Monica Lewinsky

bill-clinton-blue-stampFifty year-old U.S. President Bill Clinton has an illicit encounter with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who is wearing a blue dress that she apparently will not wash for some time. The president has had an on and off intimate relationship with her since November 15, 1995. Although he will end it three months from now, lingering evidence left today will come back to haunt him.

Transiting Mars is retrograde in Libra, conjunct Clinton’s natal Ascendant, Mars, and Neptune in Libra, signifying his unwitting offering of what will become the most notorious piece of DNA evidence in U.S. history. Transiting Saturn in Aries is opposite the natal Ascendant in Libra, indicating the relationship has come to its inevitable climax and will soon be over.


Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant, Mars, and Neptune in Libra (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, right center).